Are you suffering from post-holiday food hangover? This Christmas, I didn’t eat as much junk food as I usually do, but I’m still feeling fairly sickened at the mere thought of anything chocolatey or cheesy. I just can’t with rich foods right now. Just! Can’t! All I want are vegetables and greens and grains. And this stew? Has plenty of these things. It’s the perfect antidote to post-holiday food hangover.
When I saw the original recipe in Whole Living, I planned on making it without any substitutions aside from omitting the chicken. But as I went through the grocery store, slowly I started making more adjustments in my head. Butternut squash is lower in calories than sweet potatoes–into the cart it went! I like kale more than collard greens–that went into the cart too. Instead of leaving the chicken out, what about replacing it with seitan? That sounded like a good idea, so I grabbed a package of that. And because I didn’t have brown rice in the pantry, I decided that rather than buying more, I’d use bulgur. The result is a stew that is both super healthy and, shock-of-shocks(!) substantive too. This is the kind of meal that keeps you full for a few hours. Not an icky full, mind you. A good, satisfied kind of full. Which is the kind of full you need when you’re trying to detox from Christmas.
A hearty vegan stew with seitan, kale, butternut squash and bulgur. Adapted from Chicken, Collard Greens & Sweet Potato Stew (Whole Living).
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